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Happily for Now



by
Kelly Jones
illustrated by
Kelly Murphy

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9780593179536
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Fiona wants to fix people’s problems—but what if she’s the one who needs help? Kelly Jones, author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, delivers a funny, take-charge heroine kids will love.

Fiona may have problems, but she’s no damsel in distress. She’d rather be the one wielding the wand in the story: she wants to be the fairy godperson. So when her mom sends her off to stay with relatives in a place called Cold Hope for the summer, Fiona decides it’s time to start training for the role.

And wow, do these people need help! Aunt Becky’s bakery is failing, Great-uncle Timothy draws but never speaks, and Great-Aunt Alta is the gloomiest, doomiest woman she’s ever met.

But helping people in the real world isn’t as easy as it sounds in fairy tales. Change is messy. What if she’s actually making things worse?

Still, with practice (and some deep breaths), Fiona will discover that sometimes messy is okay. Sometimes things do get worse before they get better. And sometimes trying to help fix other people’s problems can help you work on your own…Black-and-white illustrations created using pen and ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10"x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Mothers and daughters. Relatives. Family life. Bakeries. Friendship. Fairy godmothers. Fairy tales. Adjusting to change. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Fiona aspires to be a fairy godperson, helping others to solve their own problems the way her social worker Ms. Davis helps her. When her mother, who struggles with addiction, checks into rehab, Fiona goes to stay with Great-aunt Alta, Great- uncle Tim, and Alta’s daughter Becky in the small town of Cold Hope (an allusion to this book’s inspiration, Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm). Becky and Tim run the family bakery, which has always served the same boring menu. Alta isn’t happy when Becky, with Fiona’s encouragement, starts baking new recipes, but the rest of Cold Hope appreciates the new flavors. Following the fairy-godperson lessons Ms. Davis sends her by email—and aided by the offbeat residents of Cold Hope—Fiona looks for ways to assist her relatives in working through old grudges and to discover what makes them happy. Fiona’s tendency to look at the world through the framework of fairy tales makes an effective structure for the story and creates a setting where even grouchy and eccentric Great-aunt Alta feels entirely plausible. Jones believably depicts Fiona as the child of an addict, with a blend of knowledge and naiveté that keeps her from seeming precocious or sentimental. The book’s lower-stakes conflicts—a baking competition, Great-uncle Tim’s hidden art—are treated with as much gravity as the bigger issues, making for an emotionally satisfying read. SARAH RETTGER

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Fiona aspires to be a fairy godperson, helping others to solve their own problems the way her social worker Ms. Davis helps her. When her mother, who struggles with addiction, checks into rehab, Fiona goes to stay with Great-aunt Alta, Great- uncle Tim, and Alta’s daughter Becky in the small town of Cold Hope (an allusion to this book’s inspiration, Stella Gibbons’s Cold Comfort Farm). Becky and Tim run the family bakery, which has always served the same boring menu. Alta isn’t happy when Becky, with Fiona’s encouragement, starts baking new recipes, but the rest of Cold Hope appreciates the new flavors. Following the fairy-godperson lessons Ms. Davis sends her by email—and aided by the offbeat residents of Cold Hope—Fiona looks for ways to assist her relatives in working through old grudges and to discover what makes them happy. Fiona’s tendency to look at the world through the framework of fairy tales makes an effective structure for the story and creates a setting where even grouchy and eccentric Great-aunt Alta feels entirely plausible. Jones believably depicts Fiona as the child of an addict, with a blend of knowledge and naiveté that keeps her from seeming precocious or sentimental. The book’s lower-stakes conflicts—a baking competition, Great-uncle Tim’s hidden art—are treated with as much gravity as the bigger issues, making for an emotionally satisfying read. SARAH RETTGER

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